Who started redneck jokes? Southerners poking fun at other Southerners.
Really? That's not what Southerners who care about their culture tell me.
Why do Southerners use the word "Yankee" in a degrading way to refer to people who put them down as "rednecks"? Because they enjoy being mocked as stupid rednecks by non-Southerners???
There may be truth to some Southerners "poking fun" at other Southerners as "rednecks" just like you have a minority of people in every group that say unorthodox things about their own people. But Southerners who are proud of their culture and see the good of their culture resent the Hollywood stereotype of them being backward morons. They resent those Southerners (and non-Southerners) who make money mimicking the Hollywood negative stereotype of Southerners. Lets not forget that the Leftist element in Hollywood that does ridicule Southerners do so because they still hold the Confederacy thing against them. Oh yeah the Hollywood people who made the Anti-Southerner movie "Deliverance" are just loved by Southerners LOL
What you don't seem to realize is the effect Hollywood/mass media has on perpetuating and exaggerating a stereotype for the worse.
But maybe the Southerners, as misguided as they are, who do "poke fun" at other Southerners as "rednecks" do so because they know a "Southerner" or a "redneck" is NOT a specific identity. It is NOT a national/ethnic ancestry. They know that a "Southerner" or "redneck" could always move to the north and drop the Southern accent and change their identity. Someone who is of a given ancestry can not change their identity.
The roots and subject matter of Redneck jokes are the same as Polish jokes. No difference.
In a way you're right. The Leftist element in Hollywood that portrays Polish people and Southerners negatively, don't like them both.
No body in Hollywood or America hates Poles. Actually America in general is rather ambivalent towards Poles and Poland. If anything Poles are ignored, probably due to the fact that we assimilate so easily.
As I have said before, most of the American people per se do NOT hate Polish people. It was a Leftist ELEMENT of Hollywood and the media in the 60's and 70's that used their media power to repeat hate through humor slurs against Polish people, under the guise of "humor" in an attempt to get the American people to think Poles have inferior intelligence. You honestly think all those anti-Polish slurs had no effect on people's opinions of Poles?
You keep saying Poles started these anti-Polish jokes. And lets call them what they are..... ANTI-Polish jokes or INSULT Jokes. Lets stop being politically correct here.
You really think Polish people would make sick jokes about how great it was about Hitler invading Poland and praising the Nazis like NBC-TV "comedians" did? You think Polish people made sick jokes about Polish mothers being "PROSTITUTES"? Like Joan Rivers did when she was on NBC-TV?? Poland being "crap"?
How do you explain people in the US who did not live near any Polish people learning the exact same anti-Polish jokes as other people in non-Polish areas virtually simultaneously???? Was it Polish people you claim "started" these jokes who telepathically put these hate jokes in the minds of millions of Americans?? Tell me how Polish people did that?????
When the Polish American Guardian Society surveyed Americans in the 70's who did NOT know any Polish people, these people said they had a bad opinion of Polish people. When they were asked "How can you have a bad opinion of Polish people if you do NOT know any???
Their answer was "Oh ITS BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT POLISH PEOPLE ON TV AND IN THE MOVIES!!!!" "With all those Polish jokes I hear on TV how can anyone have anything good to say about them!"
If Poles were hated by America as much as you say they are, they wouldn't be third on your chart. BTW who is last on your list? Indians and Blacks. Now these two groups may have an issue with how America perceives them. Not the Poles. Poles are a success story.
This chart of data is not based on perception. It was based on raw data of ethnic groups' income I believe about 25 years ago (the source of this income data was Thomas Sowell. An African American columnist).
I agree Polish Americans in general are a success story measured by financial metrics. But that reality means almost nothing if your image is attacked by opinion makers in the mass media. But I will agree with you that things have gotten better for Polish Americans in comparison to the 1970's.
As for Indians and Blacks, especially blacks, blacks have almost nothing to worry about as far as their media image.
Just about every action movie, Lawyer movie, Police movie, army movie, hero movie, you name it, the authority figure/good guy/hero, etc is a black guy. They are fortunate that the mass media has a lot of sympathy for them.